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217. Using a CGM to Master your Metabolic Health with Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew, MD #WellnessWednesdays
Episode 21723rd November 2022 • Be Well by Kelly Leveque • Kelly Leveque
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Dr. Lauren Kelley-Chew is the Head of Clinical Product at Levels, a groundbreaking health and wellness brand using technology to try and reverse the metabolic health crisis. Wearing the device, users unlock a wealth of knowledge about how their body works, helping people understand how their food directly impacts their health and quality of life.

We talk about how she went from being on the waitlist for Levels, to being recruited to work there. At the time, reckoning with a surprising (but not surprising) prediabetes diagnosis – she was looking for answers. She found them in the data.

We spend most of this one deep in the science, getting granular on how Levels works, ways people can use its scores to improve their blood sugar, and their lives as a result, and how her research could change the way people view nutrition forever.

It is that simple, and it is that complex. Blood glucose is one our favorite topics to dissect – and we manage to break new ground each time another expert shares their perspective. This conversation is no different, packed with knowledge and an advanced understanding of what makes us tick.

For a limited time, Levels is offering listeners 2 additional free months on your annual Levels Membership when you sign up through

We also cover…

00:01:30 — Lauren & Levels: Using Tech to Promote Health

  • Levels brief explanation and mission statement
  • The impact of Lauren’s pre-diabetic outlook
  • Getting recruited to Levels 
  • Reacting to her prediabetes diagnosis
  • Going on her own research journey online
  • Commenting on the work of Robert Lustig
  • Benefits to studying a healthy population
  • Research highlights at Levels  

00:13:20 — Personalizing Nutrition With Data

  • Personalizing recommendations using data 
  • Understanding your body’s inputs 
  • Surprising effect that oatmeal has on blood sugar
  • Common symptoms of metabolic issues  
  • Kelly connects her childhood ADD diagnosis to blood sugar dysregulation 
  • Finding balance and creating boundaries around sugar as a parent
  • Scoring meals and metabolism in Levels 
  • Healthy ranges of blood sugar
  • The freeing effect of CGM tracking (knowledge is power!)
  • Reconnecting with your body and finding food freedom
  • Snacking when it comes to metabolic health

00:33:40 — Managing Your Blood Sugar

  • Possible disease and dysfunction
  • Insulin irregularities and PCOS
  • Link between insulin resistance and hormonal imbalance
  • Pregnancy and metabolic health
  • Modern medicine’s disconnection from the root cause
  • CGM: one of the best things you can do for yourself
  • Menstrual cycles and metabolic health
  • Calling out blood sugar offenders and ways to minimize the spike
  • Make a choice, not a cheat
  • Tips to support your metabolic health

US listeners - For a limited time, Levels is offering my listeners 2 additional free months on your annual Levels Membership when you sign up through

UK listeners - Head to to join the Levels waitlist and be the first to get access to the UK beta product, once it's available!

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